This bathroom forms part of a master suite designed for ease of use for the owners now and into the future – high contrast finishes and flow were key

Designed by Pat De Pont, Strachan Group Architects (SGA)

From the architect:

The setting

Located in West Harbour in Auckland, this is a new home for a professional couple moving into retirement. 

High priority has been given to accessibility and live-ability within the house and to its relationship with the gardens.

Two cedar clad building blocks defining public (kitchen, dining, living spaces) & private (bedrooms & service spaces) are linked by a voluminous 'garden room’. 

Lining treatments emphasise the ambiguity of this indoor-outdoor space and connections to the garden and landscape.

Integrating principles of sustainability and accessibility, the home aims to allow the homeowners to mitigate health challenges and maintain their independence and high quality of life for as long as possible.

The main bedroom/bathroom suite demonstrates these principals at work.

Master suite details

The large bedroom suite occupies an upper level which can be accessed by both a broad staircase and a domestic lift. 

The intention is for this area to be relatively self-contained, and it includes a small kitchenette and room for sitting and working if necessary. 

The morning sun is filtered into the bedroom & bathroom spaces through external adjustable louvres, which provide control of both privacy and outlook.

The dressing room and ensuite bathroom are designed with accessibility in mind and are generously proportioned, with fittings specifically designed for people with restricted mobility. 

A customised Hewi accessible washbasin is coupled with Hewi stainless steel shower rails, support rails and accessories and Quadro Levo stainless steel tapware, all supplied by SA Plumbing – all ensuring ease of movement in, and use of, the bathroom space.

Contrasting materiality assists people with impaired vision to navigate, and here the timber ceiling and dark tiled floor planes are contrasted with white wall tiling and spotted gum timber cabinetry.

Lighting from ECC includes adjustable black barrel lights on the raking ceiling and mirror mounted Juniper tubular fittings.

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Credit list

Hewi Accessible Washbasin
Quadro Levo Two hole mixer with spout, from SA Plumbing Supply
Shower fittings
Quadro Shower Accessories, from SA Plumbing
Hewi Rail, Hewi Mobile hinged support rail duo; Hewi Mounting plate with cover; Plumbline Avenir Solo 85 Heated towel rail;. Hewi Removable hanging seat; Hero 400mm support rail with Hewi upgrade kit toilet roll holder; Geesa Nemox Stainless Steel Hook, from Franklin; Nemox Geesa Nemox stainless steel toilet roll holder
Wall coverings
Glazier White Matt Tiles, from European Ceramics
Underfloor heating
Sunflow 'Suntouch' under-tile heating mats.
Louvretec Exterior Louvres
Vanity cabinetry
Custom designed in Spotted Gum, supplied by Philbe Design
BetteStarlet Rectangular Drop-in-Bath, from Franklin Plumbing
Shower stall
Custom walk in shower, from JR Hosking Carpenters
Duravit ME, by Starck, wall mounted toilet pan with HygieneGlaze, from Metrix
Realstone Slate Musk Naturale tiles, from European Ceramics
Bright green D900 SHX Curve LED downlight; Flos G-O Recessed LED; ECC Juniper THIN Surface Mounted LED – all from ECC
Hot water system
Stiebel Eltron
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner

Designed by: Strachan Group Architects (SGA)

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Simon Wilson

31 Mar, 2024

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